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Theft Attorneys in Iowa City

Helping the Accused Build a Strong Defense in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Scott County & All of Eastern Iowa

If you have been accused of a theft crime and are now wondering what lies ahead, Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger is here to help you understand the legal process. When you reach out to our Iowa City theft lawyers, we can begin by getting to know you and hearing your side of the story. Then we can help you understand your legal options and what to expect as your case progresses.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, we may be able to obtain a case dismissal prior to going to court. If this is not possible, our criminal defense attorneys can put their extensive trial experience to work for you and build a strong case on your behalf.

To begin your free consultation, call (319) 499-5524 now or contact Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger online.

Theft Charges in Iowa City

In Iowa, theft charges include offenses in which the defendant deprived another person of their property, or participated in the act in some way. Regardless of the particular theft charges, there are many factors that are involved in each case. With your freedom at stake, choosing the right law firm is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. A team of skilled criminal defense lawyers can challenge the evidence against you and work to get your charges reduced or even dismissed.

There are many types of theft, including:

  • Petty theft
  • Grand theft
  • Robbery
  • Armed robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Shoplifting
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Writing bad checks
  • Car theft

Misdemeanor vs. Felony Theft

A theft crime will be considered theft in the first degree (Class C felony) if at least one of the following is true:

  • the property that was allegedly stolen has a value of more than $10,000
  • the property was physically taken from another person
  • the property was taken from a building that had been damaged or destroyed in a riot, explosion, fire or physical disaster

A theft crime is theft in the second degree (Class D felony) if at least one of the following is true:

  • the property's value exceeds $1,000 and does not surpass $10,000
  • property is a motor vehicle and its value does not exceed $10,000

This crime does not include motorized bicycles when value is determined.

A theft crime will be considered theft in the third degree (aggravated misdemeanor) if at least one of the following is true:

  • the property's value surpassed $500 but does not exceed $1,000
  • if the property that does not surpass $500 in value and the alleged theft was perpetrated by someone who has been convicted two previous times of theft

If the property's value exceeds $200 and does not exceed $500, the crime is considered theft in the fourth degree , which is a serious misdemeanor. If the value of the property does not exceed $200, it is theft in the fifth degree, which is a simple misdemeanor.

Defending Against Theft Allegations

It is important to remember that just because you were charged with theft does not mean that you are guilty. In fact, you are innocent until proven guilty. There are many defenses that are available for defending against theft charges, and our lawyers are experienced in discovering and using the most effective strategies.

The prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  • The property did not belong to you
  • You had the intent to steal
  • You actually stole the property

Whether you have been charged with a minor or a major theft offense, Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger has the knowledge and resources to fight to protect your rights. Do not wait another moment to seek the advocacy you require. The sooner you obtain qualified legal representation from our Iowa City theft attorneys, the sooner we can start building a solid defense on your behalf.

Call (319) 499-5524 today to discuss your case with a reliable legal team.

SUCCESSFUL results for our clients

Protecting Your Freedom & Rights
  • Operating While Intoxicated Charges Dismissed

    Linn County OWCR133760. Attorney Eric Tindal's client was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated. Mr. Tindal had all charges dismissed following a successful suppression hearing regarding the grounds for the stop.

  • Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Methamphetamine Charges Dismissed

    Washington Count FECR5351. Attorney Tindal and Attorney Clemens Erdahl successfully argued that evidence of drug manufacture was obtained in violation of the Constitution. All charges were dismissed.

  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Charges Dismissed

    Iowa County FECR010358. Attorney Tindal was able to show the Court that his client was detained in violation of his Constitutional rights and that the K9 utilized in the search was unreliable. Following hearing all charges were dismissed.

  • Second Degree Sexual Abuse and Other Charges Acquittal at Trial

    Johnson County FECR089277. The Defendant was charged with Second Degree Sexual Abuse and other charges. Following a one-week trial by Mr. Tindal, the Defendant was acquitted of all charges.

  • Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree Conviction Reversed on Appeal

    Iowa Supreme Court No. 04-361. The Defendant was convicted of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree. On appeal, Mr. Tindal successfully argued that the conviction was based on improperly admitted evidence. The conviction was reversed.

  • Trafficking Stolen Weapons and Misdemeanor Theft Charge Dismissed

    Scott County FECR384046. The Defendant was charged with Trafficking Stolen Weapons and Misdemeanor Theft. The Court dismissed the felony following a Motion litigated by Mr. Tindal. The Defendant subsequently pled to the remaining misdemeanor.

  • Vehicular Homicide Charges Reduced

    Johnson County FECR68296. The Defendant was charged with Vehicular Homicide. Following a suppression hearing, Mr. Tindal and his co-counsel were able to show that the blood test result was taken in violation of implied consent procedures. The case was subsequently resolved for a misdemeanor.

  • First Degree Murder and Child Endangerment Causing Death Acquitted of First Degree Murder at Trial

    Henry County FECR005634. Attorney Tindal’s client was charged with First Degree Murder and Child Endangerment Causing Death. Following a two week trial, the Defendant was acquitted of all charges.

  • Operating While Intoxicated Reduced to Public Intoxication

    Johnson County OWCR116811. The Defendant was charged with Operating While Intoxicated. Mr. Tindal was able to win the Iowa Dept of Transportation appeal and have the blood test result thrown out. The case was resolved for a public intoxication charge and no loss of license.

  • Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense Reduced to Public Intoxication

    Washington County OWIN010946. The Defendant was charged with Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense. Following long negotiations with the State the Defendant was able to plead to a Public Intoxication and have his driving privileges reinstated.


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When you need an attorney, calling Dean Keegan, Attorney at Law, can be your first step toward taking back control of your situation and your life. Dean Keegan is the Founding Chair of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section. He has served on the Executive Board of the Iowa Association for Justice and is a member of the Nation College of DUI Defense and National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.